Young Citizen competition

What is it?

  • An RIBI Rotary Award which recognises and rewards young people who have demonstrated on-going acts of good citizenship (the Rotary ideals of ‘Service Above Self’).

    Those nominated do not necessarily have to be working on a Rotary project to be eligible for an award. What matters is that they, individually or as part of a group,

    have made a positive difference which has been recognised by a local Rotary club as worthy of a nomination.

Who is eligible for the award?

  • Any young person or group of young people under the age of 25 years.

    Young lady in Young Citizen Awards presentation.What do they receive?

  • From all nominations received a panel of judges selects 5 young people / groups who have demonstrated exceptional citizenship. They each receive a trophy, £500 for their project, a presentation at the RIBI Conference, live coverage by BBC News and a visit to the BBC News studio in London.

  • Every nominated young person or group receives a personalised certificate from RIBI. Clubs may also wish to organise special events and/or offer their own award of recognition.

How does your club get involved?

Growing Engagement
Club and district engagement with Rotary Young Citizen has been growing over the past four years, with more and more Rotarians getting involved with this amazing scheme. We hope that even more of the Rotary community will nominate the outstanding young people in their area in 2017/18 and give them the national recognition that they deserve

Club members need to identify a suitable individual or group of young people.

  • Photograph: Group of young people - one in wheelchair.Once suitable young people / group of young people have been identified clubs complete a simple nomination form which can be downloaded  here  or from the RIBI website:   

  • Submit the form to RIBI before the 27th January 2018.

  • Inform your District co-ordinator Richard Warr ( Rotary Club of Northampton West)of your nomination at

  • Your club may also wish to acknowledge and/or reward its nominated young person / group (optional).

  • Yes, it’s as easy as that.

    How do I identify suitable young people?

  • Contact local Youth Group leaders, teachers etc.
  • Check your local press

Rotary Young Citizen Wheelchair Sports Award

We also have the Rotary Young Citizen Wheelchair Sports Award sponsored by the British wheelchair sport charity WheelPower, with whom Rotary has partnered to help transform the lives of disabled people through sport. Download the nomination form here

More information

Photograph: Young man, sat on steps, posing for camera.Frequently Asked Questions (For Rotarians)

Information for teachers, parents, youth group leaders

2016 Young Citizen Awards National winners

Here are details of the 2016 Young Citizen awards and what the awards were made for